One day earlier this summer I watched in amazement as a former football coach got up on the grease board in my office and drew up the defense that he once used to stop a specific football play.
The more he went through the play and all of the possible scenarios involved with it the more I thought I was watching Einstein draw up the formula for time travel.
I thought to myself, I’m in my upper mid-40s, I once played the game (albeit at a low level and not very well), I’ve been around COLLEGEfootball for the last 25 years or so and I spent some time with some really good football coaches, and although I do work in mostly small round numbers, I can hold a fairly intelligent conversation on a lot of different topics. But what I saw going up on that grease board was done in a language that I had never seen before. And while I was struggling to figure out what he was attempting to draw, I began to wonder how some 18, 19 or 20-year-old kid with ADHD would receive this?
If you’ve got a few minutes, or a few hours, just listen to Mountaineer Sports NETWORK from IMG football analyst Jed Drenning talk about the Zone Read play some time. He can describe that play until your fillings hurt, which begs the question: Is the game getting too complicated?